Origins of the Modern Mind: Three Stages in the Evolution of Culture and Cognition

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Harvard University Press, 1991 - Medical - 413 pages
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This bold and brilliant book asks the ultimate question of life sciences: How did the human mind acquire its incomparable power? Origins of the Modern Mind traces the evolution of human culture and cognition from primitive apes to the era of artificial intelligence, and presents an original theory of how the human mind evolved from its presymbolic form. Illustrated with line drawings.
 

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Although it was tough work and I cannot remember all of what I read, nor could I synopsise what it actually is that the author wants to say, if indeed he wants to say anything in particular, many ... Read full review

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The book is an overlooked classic in popular books about how the mind works. Donald's core hypothesis is that the human brain has made great leaps forward as it has new means of storing information ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
2
Darwins Thesis
20
A Multidisciplinary Puzzle
42
Neuropsychological Aspects of Evolution
58
The Case of Brother John
82
The Chronology of Anatomical and Cultural Change
95
A Recent Innovation
115
Episodic Culture
124
Neuroanatomical Considerations
193
Symbolic Invention
216
The Speech Adaptation
236
What Is Localized?
261
Visuographic Invention
275
A Hardware Change
308
The Emergence of Theoretic Culture
333
The Hybrid Modern Mind
355

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145
A Definition
148
From Episodic to Mimetic Culture
162
Modalities of Mimetic Expression
177
Localization after the Third Transition
373
Acknowledgments
403
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Merlin Donald is Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychology Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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